Estes Valley Partners for Commerce

PO Box 2713 Estes Park, CO 80517



Our Board of Directors consist of the following members:

  • President, Kirby Nelson-Hazelton: Kirby was born and raised near Chicago, IL but has been visiting Estes Park since she was young. She even took her first steps in Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park! In 2005, Kirby moved to Colorado for her undergrad, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Business from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She lived in the Springs and in Denver before moving to Estes Park in 2011. Here, Kirby met her now-husband Jordan, and enjoys lifestyle of hiking, camping, and exploring with their dog Harley. Kirby is a co-owner of Rock Cut Brewing Company, located in downtown Estes. She is also a board member of Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and enjoys volunteering for many non-profits, including Summit Dog Rescue.

  • Vice President & EDC Liaison, Kent Smith: I have owned and operated Smith Sign Studio since 1963 after learning and inheriting the business from my Dad with brief sojourns in teaching, school administration and professional theatre arts. I have been a member of many Chambers of Commerce and on their boards so I bring that experience to Partners for Commerce. I have also been involved with economic development, business incubator, urban renewal, consulting nationally and community sustainability groups for over 40 plus years.

  • Treasurer, Ingrid Bush: Ingrid and husband, Lou Bush, opened their first business: The Barrel here in Estes Park June 13, 2015, about a month after welcoming their daughter into the world.  Prior to that, Ingrid had been an event producer, marketing manager for CPA firms, business development coordinator, risk analysis team coordinator and legal assistant.  This rollercoaster career path and moving nine times before settling down in Estes Park, Colorado helped shape Ingrid’s work method and approach as very analytical and quantifiable, but also very open to exploring new possibilities.  Ingrid holds a B.A. from St. Thomas University and M.S. from George Mason University.  In addition to serving on the EVPC Board, Ingrid also serves on the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation Board.

  • Secretary, Ann Wilcocks: Ann has lived in Estes Park for 18 years and Colorado for 33 years. Ann and her husband Ron raised their two children here. They were drawn to the area by the natural beauty, slower pace of life and the good schools. Ann and Ron have owned Earthwood Artisans and Earthwood Collections for 17 years, and Earthwood Gallery in Boulder for nine years. She enjoys bringing beautiful, unique art to her local customers and visitors. Ann loves living in Estes Park and is excited to join the Board of EVPC. She has wanted to find a volunteer position where she can make a positive contribution. She brings extensive knowledge in management of retail and commercial property businesses including marketing, budgeting, financial projections, staff management and training, and all facets of business bookkeeping. Ann wants to help increase EVPC’s membership by showing business owners that there are many benefits to being a member.

  • Jon Nicholas: Jon Nicholas is the President/CEO of the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation, formed in August of 2013. In that role, he is committed to the economic vitality of the Estes Valley. Prior to that time, he served as the Business Resources Coordinator for the Estes Valley Library District, forming regional connections to resources for local business. Prior to that, his work included serving as an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan, and also as a campaign manager on political campaigns in Kansas and Michigan. He holds a B.B.A. from Washburn University of Topeka, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago.

  • Derek Vinge: Born and raised in the Twin Cites of Minnesota where he attended Hamline University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minor in English. Out of college, Derek began his career in financial institutionally having spent time in the hedge fund platform with Cargill. This geared his decision to shift focus and move to personal finance where after a long stint with Ameriprise Financial he was able to take the amazing opportunity to move his family and career to Edward Jones Investments and Estes Park. In addition to serving on the EVPC board Derek also serves on the Board of Directors for the sunrise Rotary Club.

  • McShan Walker

  • John Witmer

  • Stef Scrutchins: Stef has lived in Estes Park since May, 2013.  She lived my previous life in Oklahoma until coming to Paradise. Stef manages Mary Jane’s, a wonderful retail store in downtown Estes, when she’s not spending time with her amazingly wonderful grandchildren.  “I love everything about Estes Park, she shared. “The community and visitors bring an energy and positive atmosphere to this breathtaking place.   I am excited to work with EVPC to grow, enrich and lead Estes Park to be the best it can be.”

The purpose of the Board of Directors is to govern the activities of the Estes Valley Partners for Commerce; an association of business men and women who protect and promote the commercial interests of a broad cross-section of the business community. 

Objectives Provide leadership dedicated to expanding the appeal of the organization through the oversight, development and implementation of a unique combination of products and services that create value added benefits for members.

  • Encourage the collaborative efforts of the membership.

  • Foster strategic partnerships with other organizations with common interests.

  • Continue to enhance the economic vitality, and global competitiveness of our community.

  • Develop regulations and policy that assist in the proper governance of the association.

Current Policy Projects

  • Board Member Oath of Office

  • Code of Ethics for Board Members

  • Confidentiality Policy for Employees, Volunteers and Board Members

  • Document Retention Policy

Strategic Planning

  • Social Media Adoption

  • Communications Strategy